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Skeletal muscle fat infiltration is reversed by dietary fish oil in an animal model of colorectal cancer receiving irinotecan and 5-fluorouracil Open Access


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fatty muscle
fish oil
docosahexanoic acid
eicosapentaenoic acid
cancer-associated fatty atrophy
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University of Alberta
Author or creator
Giles, Kaitlin H
Supervisor and department
Dr. Vera Mazurak (Agricultural, Food & Nutritional Sciences)
Examining committee member and department
Dr. Vickie Baracos (Department of Oncology)
Dr. Carla Prado (Agricultural, Food & Nutritional Sciences)
Dr. Ted Putman (Physical Education and Recreation)
Department of Agricultural, Food, and Nutritional Science
Nutrition & Metabolism
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Master of Science
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This study aimed to assess the effect of a Ward colorectal tumour, and irinotecan + 5-fluorouracil after 1- or 2-cycles in rats fed a diet with or without fish oil (FO), on the amount and types of fatty acids in rat skeletal muscle. Upon chemotherapy initiation, rats remained on control diet or began FO diet. Gastrocnemius muscles were isolated before tumour implantation, before chemotherapy, and after 1- and 2-cycles. Triglyceride (TG) and phospholipid (PL) fatty acids (FAs) were extracted, separated, and quantified. Compared to healthy rats, tumour-bearing rats exhibited higher TG-FA content. After 1-cycle, FO-fed rats exhibited lower TG-FA content compared to tumour-bearing rats. Compared to control-feeding, FO-feeding resulted in lower TG-FA after both 1- and 2-cycles. N-3 FA content in muscle TG-FA and PL-FA was higher in FO group compared to control-fed. This study suggests that FO fed during chemotherapy may attenuate tumour- and chemotherapy-associated skeletal muscle TG-FA infiltration.
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